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Interview: The Avener

posted January 20, 2015, 1:33 pm by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


 

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The Avener is a French deep house and electro music producer. He is most famous for “Fade Out Lines“, a deep house rework of “The Fade Out Line“, a song by Phoebe Killdeer & The Short Straws.

His album “The Wanderings of The Avener” will come out on the 24th of February and we had a chat with him about his career and his works.

What is your story?
I’m 27 years old, I’m from Nizza, I’m very happy to be here. The Avener is the name of the project I started during the last year, 2013; I started producing ten years ago, I started studying music when I was very young, playing the piano when I was 6 years old. I decided to move into electronic music when I was 16 years old because I love Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, but classical music is very academic! I’ve done lot of stuff, but I wanted to do something funnier. To start producing my first tracks I asked my mother: she didn’t want to buy me a Vespa to go to the college, so I asked for something else and I started to be a deejay in my room for myself and for my friends. When I was 16 years old I started going to some clubs: I went there just to have a drink with my friends, but then I wanted to work there as a deejay! I was in the club with my friends, but I wasn’t really with my friends: I was just looking at the deejay, trying to understand what he was doing. Some months later the boss of the club asked me if I wanted to play some music very early between midnight and the 1 a.m. and I started maybe for two or three months like that and after these months he asked me if I wanted to be a resident deejay in his club and I said yes! I was 17 by then and during the week I was at school (and working on my productions during the nights!), but during the weekends I was a deejay in Nizza. In these months I started building my home studio with the money I earned at the club and I sampled lot of original songs. The story starts very early: I released my first EP with another name that year during which I started to be a resident deejay! In France it went good: for a me it was a very important release! The next seven or eight years I became resident deejay of the most famous clubs between Monaco e Cannes: from thursday until saturday I was there and I enjoyed it very much! I stopped going to school at 18 and during the week I was producing with a record label in UK. In 2010 I decided to move to Paris and take the chance to become a deejay there because there are a lot of interesting clubs, but Paris is a difficult city where to have gigs, so I became producer for some very famous French deejays. I signed with a label in Paris that helped me a lot to introduce me to other artists and to start in a good way: I started working when I was very young and I did a lot of mistakes! In 2012 I saw the music changing around electronic music: a lot of things were changing not in a good way for my vision. The music was too techno, too cold: there is also some good stuff, but in general I didn’t like what I was listening to. I decided to come back to Nizza and have a little break; during this break I travelled a lot to know me better and to get back to my passions as soon as possible, but I needed to watch the things from some distance, to find a different vision. When I came back from this trip in South East Asia (Cambogia, Thailand, South Corea, Indonesia) I was different: a lot of things changed in me and I was very happy to be back in the studio. “Fade Out Lines” was the very first track on which I worked when I came back, so this is the story, so far!

What is the story behind your album? Why did you choose these tracks instead of other ones?
Because from my background as a deejay I have a lot of favorites but there is a folder in my hard drive, where I have my biggest favorites! When I was a deejay I had this folder with my favorites that I listened to, but that I couldn’t play, because they’re not tracks for a deejay, you know? You can feel it’s good, but you cannot play it! I choose to re-work a lot of tracks of my favorites: they are not very famous, but people will rediscover them in this new version!

In an interview you talk about the democratization of electronic music, what do you mean?
For me the democratization of electronic music is happening now: it started since a long time, but it’s really happening now! We’ve got a lot of tools on Internet, we can share music now and everybody know hos to use it, now! We have Soundcloud, we have Deezer, we have Spotify and we know how to use them! Some years ago we had Audiogalaxy, Napster and a lot of other platforms to share music but most of people didn’t know how to use them and they were illegal. We have Genius on iTunes: for me this is the democratization of music in general! Everybody can listen their own music and show to their friends what they are listening to, even if the artists are not so famous!

What could we find in the “most played tracks” on your iPod?
Do you wanna see? There are a lot of things: you can find rap, you can find dance, of course, you can find classical music, you can find this… “I’ll be around”, do you know it? (lets the music play). There are a lot of things: new tracks, old tracks… I love so many different genres of music that I cannot choose just one kind of music!

 

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